Saturday, January 28, 2006
February puts us one month closer to spring, that's something to love!
February is the month of love...we perk up at the thought of that beautiful box of our favorite sweet treat or our most desired goodie, be it jewels, furs, cars, a trip maybe?
Well, you are going to laugh when I tell you what I would like from my sweetie.
Books....some new and updated books on herbs and organic foods. Not that I don't have books already, a few dozen, maybe more...but I want new ones, that's not asking too much, is it? And of course anything else he opts to add to my request is just ok with me.
We worked outside in the "bog" today...lovely day in Tennessee, sun was shining, I actually had to remove my jacket after about an hour.
In the "bog" (a low section of the farm with a very large natural rock formation.)
I'm planning to put swamp ferns and honeysuckle along with some other wild plants so graciously given to me by my friend Annie, from Georgia.
The "bog" is a haven for frogs and turtles and Mr. Tigger(above) (resident mouser)he keeps all the field mice away. Thank you Mr.Tigger!
Until next time, be well and stay safe.
Bea's Beatitudes/All About Herbs.
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Thursday, January 19, 2006
This week we have had tons of rain, winds that will take you off the ground and some of that beautiful white gold...Snow!
Nothing more beautiful than a tree covered in snow and colorful birds nestled in the branches. We have an abundance of Cardinals, Bluejays, Finches and a few Buntings.
I try to get up close photo's, but as soon as I go outside they all take flight.
Yes, ladies I have been spending a bit of time with my seed and plant books. It's that time of year!
I am also planning to try some new types of Basil, and yes, there are so many.
Of all the ones I have grown so far, the "Genovese" is my favorite. It's just an all around easy variety to use. Very hardy and just makes a beautiful plant.
AS you can see here: This was after it had gone to seed. It just did not want to stop growing!
I am starting to get the planting itch.....and it is toooo early!
Have to find more books!
See you soon,
Sunday, January 01, 2006
January is a lovely month in my eyes, I love the cold and the snow. I love the trees with no leaves. I love the promise you can find if you look under the dead and dying
plants, little lives in the making just waiting to be warmed and nourished and given permission to grow.
Most of the year in middle Tennessee I see green rolling hills when I look out my windows, and thats a lovely picture always, but to see those rolling hills covered in snow and grey low-hanging sky--it sends a message to slow down and re-group for the coming months. I like that reminder!
About the herb garden in January-Where you are located has a major impact on what you can do now. Here in the middle south, we just kinda relax, read good books(mostly about growing things, enjoy the things we stored from last years harvest and wait for spring.
If you were going to plant garlic for a crop this coming summer, it should already be in the ground.
Remember also if your growing herbs inside, they need to be in a location that gives them at least a half-day of sun and or light. I'm not a real supporter of growing inside, just too many problems, requires a lot of tending in order to have good strong healthy plants. But if your willing to put in the time and the interest is strong enough to push you to gain the knowledge, it can be rewarding.
I love doing things as natural and with the least amount of resistants as possible.
So, I'll stick to the outside growing.
For those of you have ask, yes, I will be growing garlic, lavender, chamomile, bay,fennel,and more dill.
Have a request? Send it along...always room for one more thing!
Remember your feathered friends during these cold months. Keep plenty of fresh water and bird seed and suet out and you'll be blessed with beautiful birds all winter.
Sending each and all the most prosperous wishes for the coming year.
Be Well in 2006.